6 of the Best Self-Parking Cars

By: Lisa Harper

Over recent years we have seen massive advancements in the technology on offer in our cars. One area that has been vastly improved is parking technology. One of the first systems on offer was simple parking sensors which used audible cues to indicate if you got too close to an object. However, as centre console infotainment screens became more common, many car manufacturers chose to incorporate parking cameras to give a complete view of the car in its surroundings on the centre console screen. This along with the increasing move to self-driving technology has seen the development of auto parking cars that require little or no input from the driver.
Many people sigh with relief at the thought of self-parking cars. They offer an end to a multitude of stress-inducing parking scenarios; like trying to squeeze into the only available space in the carpark or slotting into a parallel parking space on a busy main road. However, the systems vary between manufacturers, so we thought we’d take a look at six of the best self-parking cars in the UK.

Best Self-Parking Cars

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Active parking system is available on Titanium or Vignale Ford Fiesta models. 

With the Ford Active parking system, the car takes control of the steering, but the driver must operate the clutch, throttle and brake pedal, following the audible warnings and instructions displayed on the infotainment system. These clearly display when to reverse, stop or shuffle forward and is a pretty accomplished system that will slot you into most spaces with the minimum hassle or fuss.  

The Ford Fiesta is also available with a rear-view camera if you want a more well-rounded view of your surrounding area. 

Vauxhall Astra 

With the new Vauxhall Astra, you can enjoy accurate and speedy parking thanks to the Advanced Park Assist technology. The system is available on both Sri and Elite models, which also both come with blind-spot monitoring, folding door mirrors and a clear reversing camera for a completely hassle-free driving experience. 

As well as being able to negotiate parallel parking bays, it makes light work of perpendicular bays, in fact, it parks in gaps you might not even consider. All you have to do is press the button in front of the gearstick, and the system will identify a space and give clear prompts to get you into the parking space. 

Of particular note is the fantastic-quality touchscreen which displays clear guidelines of your surroundings, whether you are using the self-parking system or not. 

Peugeot 3008

The Peugeot 3008 has quickly become a popular choice for growing families, and its impressive self-parking feature is sure to be a hit. I mean let’s face it, the last thing you want when the whole family is on board is problems finding a parking space or problems getting into the parking space. 

Opt for the Visio Park 2 accessory park, and you need fear no longer. This capable system will parallel park you with speed and ease. Plus it can drive you out of a parking space too, so even if someone parks close to you in your absence, you should still manage to get out of the parking space with little stress. 

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf has always been a forward-thinking car, so it should come as no surprise that the Leaf features on our list of best self-parking cars. In fact, it really is a car that you can sit back and let the car do the work, thanks to the advanced ProPilot system which combines both radar and camera technology.

The ProPilot technology operates the entire system taking control of the steering, accelerating and braking for fully autonomous parking in both bay and parallel parking spaces. All you have to do is hold down the self-park button located near the gear lever, and the car will do the rest. The car will stop if you let go of the button at any point throughout the manoeuvre or if it detects something in its path be it in front or behind.

Nissan plans to roll out the same technology across its entire model range over future years.

Citroen C4 SpaceTourer

Park Assist comes as standard on Flair trim Citroen C4 SpaceTourer cars and is an available option on Feel trim models. It will steer you into parallel and bay spaces or drive you out of tight gaps, all you need to do is accelerate and brake. 

A 360-degree camera is also available as an extra and gives you a birds-eye view of all of your surroundings. 

Volvo XC60

This luxurious SUV offers room on board for all the family, the only problem is this means there is a lot of car to park. Thankfully the XC60 is available with an impressive Park Assist Pilot system that can guide you into a bay that is only 20% larger than the car. It measures the space using ultrasonic sensors ensuring that you get into the first available space you will fit in. 

Like Ford’s system, all you need to do is follow the instructions on operating the accelerator and brake and the car will steer itself into the parking space.

Volvo’s Park Assist system can also help assist with steering when driving out of a parallel parking space. 

Hopefully, this guide has helped identify which self-parking system is best for your requirements, but remember we’ve only taken a look at our top six self-parking cars, there are plenty of other models to choose from. So why not take a look at our new, nearly new and used cars to find your ideal car with a parking assist system that works for your requirements.

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